Win over Pak emphatic to start title defence: Yuvi

Kathleen Mckinney
June 6, 2017

Of the four batsmen that came to the crease as India piled up 319 for three in their rain-reduced 48 overs, three - Rohit Sharma (91), Kohli (81 not out) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) - all made more than Yuvraj's 53.

One of the best opening pairs of Indian Cricket Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan had though started slowly, they capitalized later by rotating strikes, hitting boundaries and allowing the Pakistani bowlers to go under pressure.

He is right. With Mohammed Amir breathing fire in the first over against Rohit Sharma, it was only logical that Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed would bring Hasan Ali or Wahab Riaz from the other end.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur feels his side were simply below par against India and a crushing 124-run defeat via Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method has given them a reality check.

But Pakistan, rarely up with the stiff run-rate, finished on 164 for nine, with injured last man Wahab Riaz unable to bat as India won with 44 balls to spare. Ravindra Jadeja (2/43) and Hardik Pandya (2/43) supported him ably.

Former Test opener and ex-head coach of the Pakistan team, Mohsin Khan said if Pakistan continued to play the way they did against India they would face similar results against South Africa and Sri Lanka. "The tactic was perplexing for me since the match wasn't being played in the UAE!", Afridi added.

Viv Richards and Brian Lara, appearing on the state- owned PTV sports, said India were always favourites to win the match.

India smashed 72 off their final four overs as Pakistan's attack wilted.

Till then, Dhawan had unleashed his fury on Wahab, taking him for plenty. Yes, Virat Kohli earned a lot of appreciation for his phenomenal captaincy but, Yuvraj Singh's unexpected performance on the field also left everyone surprised.

India have begun the defence of their ICC Champions Trophy with an impressive win against Pakistan at Edgbaston. "We had a poor game today and the change is not going to happen overnight". "And Hardik, 18 off five balls, was outstanding".

"The bitter truth is we are lagging behind them in many ways and we are not producing fearless players".

That said, the man who stole the show with his brilliant hitting was none other than Yuvraj Singh.

"We were in control for 40 overs but we lost the plot in the last eight overs", the wicket- keeper added after what was the opening Group B match for both the Asian giants in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide teams. Yuvraj Singh was not in India's one day scheme of things until England ODI series earlier this year where he played three games. "He was playing the IPL but then, worldwide runs are very different, against a quality bowling attack as well", Kohli said.

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